Saturday, May 29, 2010

Project 4:4--Day One Hundred Twenty-Four

Day One Hundred Twenty-Four, Psalm 122, 124, 133-136, 138

Psalm 122 is interesting for me, because it’s one that I rewrote in my own words a couple of years ago, when I was doing a Beth Moore study on the Psalms of Ascent.

I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing
in your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built like a city
that is closely compacted together.
That is where the tribes go up,
the tribes of the Lord,
to praise the name of the Lord
according to the statute given to Israel.
There the thrones for judgment stand,
the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my brothers and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity.

Psalm 124 is another of my favorites, because it makes up the lyrics to a song called “Had It Not Been the Lord”. I had actually never heard this song before I placed membership at my current church, and this song was on a cd that was given to me at that time.

If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say—
Ii the Lord had not been on our side
when men attacked us,
when their anger flared against us,
they would have swallowed us alive;
the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,
the raging waters
would have swept us away.

Praise be to the Lord,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird
out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 133 is incredible because it talks about how beautiful unity is among brothers!

How good and pleasant it is
when brothers live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard,
down upon the collar of his robes.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

Psalm 135 is a great psalm because it recounts a lot of the history of what God has done for the Israelites as He led them out of Egypt. It also talks of idols and how useless they are. But my favorite part of this psalm is the first few verses. It’s one I like to pray for/share with those who minister to me.

Praise the Lord.
praise the name of the Lord;
praise him, you servants of the Lord,
you who minister in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.

Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own,
Israel to be his treasured possession.

I know that the Lord is great,
that our Lord is greater than all gods.
The Lord does whatever pleases him,
in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths.
He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth;
he sends lightning with the rain
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.

He struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of men and animals.
He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt,
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
He struck down many nations and killed mighty kings—
Sihon king of the Amorites,
Og king of Bashan
and all the kings of Canaan—
and he gave their land as an inheritance,
and= inheritance to his people Israel.

Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
your renown, O Lord, through all generations.
For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by the hands of men.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but they cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.

O house of Israel, praise the Lord;
O house of Aaron, praise the Lord;
O house of Levi, praise the Lord;
you who fear him, praise the Lord.
Praise be to the Lord from Zion,
To him who dwells in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord.

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